entering grades 3, 4, 5, and 6
Entering third, fourth, fifth, and sixth graders plant their roots in the camp community as members of Ilanot. Ilanot campers take part in our regular Camp program: swimming, drama, the challenge course, singing, boating, dancing, playing, and more. They dig deep into our traditions exploring Reconstructionist values and discovering how they can live as part of a 24/7 Jewish community.
entering grades 7 and 8
Campers entering seventh and eighth grades are Nehalim, “rivers.” Nehalim provides an opportunity to dive more deeply into discussions, programs, and experiences and to more fully engage in the richness of Jewish civilizations. The Nehalim camper learns what it means to be part of a vibrant and constantly changing Jewish community – while enjoying all the fun of Camp.
entering grades 9 and 10
For entering ninth and tenth graders, Harim, “mountains,” provides an opportunity for campers to challenge themselves and others to strive to reach their goals. With the innovative programming and incredible activities campers expect from Camp JRF, these teens also have opportunities to take their place as leaders in the Camp community.
No’ar Hadash Israel Experience
entering grade 11
Entering eleventh graders have the incomparable opportunity to spend nearly four weeks climbing, swimming, singing, hiking, learning, and exploring their way through Israel. Participants will experience Shabbat in Jerusalem, see the sunrise over Masada, spend time with their Israeli peers, and discuss the realities of life in contemporary Israel. For more information, please click here.
Bonim (Leadership Training Fellowship)
entering grade 12
Making Camp run takes a lot more than our campers see on a day-to-day basis; Bonim gives participants the opportunity to better understand much of what’s involved. Each day, participants work behind the scenes in the kitchen, office, laundry, and maintenance; explore what it means to craft and run a successful Camp program; learn from visiting faculty members; and take part in some of the magic that is central to the Camp JRF experience. Over the course of two weeks, participants shadow leaders throughout Camp; evaluate various programmatic experiences; and begin to develop a personal approach to leadership within the Camp JRF community. At the conclusion of the program, participants will earn 40 service-learning hours.
entering grade 12
Using Camp JRF as a home base, participants will focus on issues of social justice and activism as they take at least two significant trips to do meaningful hands-on tikkun olam work in the community. Whether building a house for a local family in need, exploring issues of LGBTQ teen homelessness in New York City, or lobbying on Capitol Hill, participants have the opportunity to make a real difference in the world. In between trips, the group spends time at Camp learning about the issues, studying Jewish values, and beginning to formulate their own understanding of how to make positive change in the world. At the conclusion of the program, participants will earn 50 service-learning hours.
No’ar Hadash Leadership Experience
entering grades 11 and 12
Participants spend the last week of the summer looking at leadership in the wider world. They learn about various styles and craft their own personal definitions of leadership; they evaluate various components of the Camp program and explore ways to be involved in leadership beyond high school; and they lay the groundwork for the annual North American Teen Kallah. This stand-alone program is open to all eligible teens – whether it is the only time you spend at Camp or it is in addition to the No’ar Hadash Israel Experience or Bonim. At the conclusion of the program, participants will earn 10 service-learning hours.
Camp isn’t only for kids anymore! Parents, children, and other family members can now join us for five days of swimming, sports, arts, havaya (experiential Jewish education), singing, dancing, and all the best that Camp JRF has to offer. Space is limited so be sure to sign up early to share the magic of camp with your whole family! For more information or to register, please click here.